Trumann city council votes to annex land into city

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Trumann City Council held a special meeting Tuesday night to annex a little over 92 acres into the city limits. The ordinance passed by a unanimous vote.

The land annexed into the city is west of the high school on the north side of West Main Street. The first tract is 12.3 acres that is owned by Main Street Investors, LLC, and the second tract is two 40 acres that is owned by M & D Berry Farm, LLC. The land was petitioned in with 100 percent of the owners agreeing. Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen said the city is glad to have the land added. "We are trying to square up our city limits. These two new pieces of land will extend the city limits all the way to the curve on that side West Main," Lewallen said.

Annexing the south side of the West Main is going to be a bit more difficult. "The north side was easy due to the land being owned by just a few individuals. The south side has around 80 homes, and each would have to be contacted and the paperwork filled out to give permission to add the land to the city. That will be a lot of paperwork," Lewallen said. "So we will have an election where the residents of that area can vote if they want to come into the city. There are some that are for it and some that are against it. We'll just have to see how it goes." The addition of the south side will have some financial gain for the city, but Lewallen said that is not all it will do. "It will increase the population, and that is one thing new businesses look at one when considering a town to move to," Lewallen said. Lewallen also told the council that ten tracts of land, mostly agricultural, have been petitioned to be included in the city. "It's been filed, so we'll probably do another special meeting at some point to vote on that ordinance," Lewallen said.

In other business, the council approved a new ordinance that made changes to the 2017 budget. The new ordinance showed revenues of $6,024,141 and appropriations of $7,456,325. Lewallen said the ordinance was a necessity to pass. "We looked over the first six months and saw we needed to move some funds around to take care of things that have happened in the city. We had storm damage to the sports complex, we had a vehicle with the police department totaled in a wreck and the fire trucks have had to have work done on them. We sometimes have to move monies around to help with these problems. Insurance money from the storm damage and the wreck helps, but it doesn't cover the entire amount most times," Lewallen said.

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